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St. Monica

St. Monica whose Memorial, we celebrate today, persistently prayed for the conversion of her godless son, Augustine, who lived an extremely immoral behavior. She fought hard against the odds and it paid off. She was rewarded. Augustine recounted this story in his confessions that in her deathbed, she said, “bury my body elsewhere. I can’t wait to meet God. I don’t exactly know how that happens but I’m excited.” – Quotation was paraphrased. Monica was a woman filled with faith and love. Her story is true, pure and simple, of every parent especially a mother who is deeply concerned for a run- away daughter, a son hooked up in drugs, a juvenile delinquent, an obedient child turned rebel and eventually, lost faith. 

Her suffering was great and her trouble was endless but she never gave up. She remained unbowed and unfazed against every trial not only for her son Augustine but also to her pagan husband named Patricius whose addiction to drinking caused his life. Accordingly, Monica went to the Bishop of the Diocese to ask counsel in behalf of her son. The Bishop hopelessly told her to refrain from arguing with her son about religion because she would not be able to convert her but instead adviced her to continue praying. It was a great delight, awe and joy knowing that her son was converted to Christianity. Amen. 

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Filipino Catholic Priest, born and raised in Virac, Catanduanes, Philippines, ordained for the Diocese of Tucson, AZ, Gracias a Dios! twelve years in ministry, pastor of St. Christopher Catholic Parish, Marana, AZ.

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